Geological Science and Engineering

Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering
Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering

Alumni Spotlight: Kirsten Pugh

BSC 2002 Geological Engineering

"I settled in Calgary after graduation, and live with my husband David (ArtSci’02), our two kids Michael (age 8) and Annika (age 5), our two cats George and Trinity (some might remember George – we’ve had him since Kingston!), and our dog Stella"

Can you please describe your current job? Well Integrity Engineer at Cenovus Energy; focus on subsurface containment of reservoir fluids throughout the well lifecycle in thermal operations (SAGD).  Program Manager for Surface Casing Vent Flows.

What is the greater impact of what you do? Keeping people and the environment safe, while developing technically challenging resources.

What would you say has been the highlight of your career? An 18-month secondment working with a VP to learn other aspects of the business.

Where in the world has your career in geology taken you? The Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (N Alberta); Canmore AB; Weyburn SK, Brooks AB.  Outside of work, I have checked out rocks in Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Newfoundland & Labrador, BC, and England.

What was your most memorable experience at Queen’s University? I would say it’s a memorable feeling, experienced through a variety of activities – playing Tuff Schists hockey; painting the department logo in the student room across from Dr. Gorman’s office; exploring the various surrounding parks with the Queen’s Outdoors Club; drinking at Clark Hall Pub; working with colleagues who became friends.

How do you feel your time in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering helped prepare you for your career?  The department embraces a work hard, play hard ethic that I believe transfers well to the workplace.  It teaches that balance is important, and that how you get the work done is as important as getting the work done – a valuable lesson.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students? Figure out what is truly important to you, and pursue it.  Learn continuously.  Develop your emotional intelligence (EQ) – it’s a differentiating factor in a world where everyone is competent for a role.  Take the time to appreciate life’s small pleasures.  Remember that it’s the journey, not the destination, that matters.



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